P!nk – Billboard Woman of the Year

American singer-songwriter P!nk was named 2013 ‘Woman of the Year’ at the Billboard Women in Music event earlier this week, adding to her already impressive list of achievements which include 3 Grammy Awards, 2 World Music Awards and 6 MTV Video Music Awards, and worldwide sales of more than 45 million albums and 87 million singles. P!nk’s studio albums include Can’t Take Me Home (2000), Missundaztood (2001), Try This (2003), I’m Not Dead (2006), Funhouse (2008), and The Truth About Love (2012), which was also the name of her 2013 tour.

Born Alecia Beth Moore on September 8, 1979, in Abington, Pennsylvania, from a young age P!nk wanted to be a pop star. By the age of 14 she started performing in Philadelphia clubs using the stage name “P!nk”, and at 16 she joined up with Chrissy Conway and Stephanei Galligan to form the group Choice, which landed a record deal with LaFace Records in Atlanta. The album they recorded was never released, but their first song Key to My Heart featured in the musical comedy movie Kazaam.

Choice disbanded and P!nk went solo, with her debut album Can’t Take Me Home being released through LaFace Records. The single from the album – There You Go – was a commercial success reaching #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Since then P!nk’s career has had its fair share of highlights as she gathered a following of loyal fans.

P!nk collaborated with Christina Aguilera, Lil’Kim and Mya on a cover of Lady Marmalade for the film Moulin Rouge!, with the music video of the song winning the MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year. She made a cameo appearance in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, which featured her song Feel Good Time on the soundtrack. She collaborated with Lisa Marie Presley on Shine – a track from Presley’s album Now What, and created a stir with her single Stupid Girls and the accompanying music video which parodies a number of celebrities such as Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Jessica Simpson. P!nk’s 2010 album Greatest Hits… So Far!!! produced the hit single Raise Your Glass celebrating a decade since she made her debut in 2000 and thanking fans for supporting her – which, quite clearly, they have continued to do.